Risotto with Kale Pesto

Guido Pedrelli
Guido Pedrelli
Italian Cuisine Expert and Food Blogger
Guido Pedrelli
Guido Pedrelli, the mastermind behind Nonna Box, has honed his culinary expertise for decades, inspired by family feasts in Emilia-Romagna. Mentored by his restaurateur nonna, he mastered Italian classics and furthered his skills with professional culinary studies in desserts and gelato making from Mec3. Today, he shares this rich legacy and authentic recipes through Nonna Box.
Expertise: Italian cuisine, Pasta, Pizza, Pastry, Dessert


Risotto with Kale Pesto recipe

Risotto with Kale Pesto

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Servings: 4


  • 200 grams of white cabbage
  • 60 ml of extra virgin olive oil
  • 50 grams of almonds peeled
  • 50 grams of walnuts
  • 2 tablespoons of Parmesan cheese grated
  • 1 tablespoon of Romano cheese grated
  • 350 grams of Carnaroli rice
  • 50 grams of shallot
  • 2 teaspoons of mustard seeds
  • 1.7 liters of vegetable broth
  • 250 ml of bechamel sauce
  • 50 grams of Montasio cheese
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon of chives
  • 1 tablespoon thyme
  • 1 pinch of black pepper beans


  • For the pesto: clean the cabbage leaves by removing the central vein, cook it in a steamer then fry in oil. Add the almonds, walnuts and salt. Mix it then add more oil and Parmesan cheese. The amount of oil varies depending on the consistency you want to obtain.
  • For the risotto: slice the shallots thinly and let them fry in a pan with a little oil and a spoon or two of butter. Combine two teaspoons of mustard seeds and wait for two minutes; mustard seeds will add flavor to the rice. Toast the rice, add the vegetable broth a little bit at a time until it absorbs. Stir and turn off the heat.
  • For the cheese sauce, pour a generous amount of bechamel sauce in a pan. Quickly add the egg yolk and stir. Add the Montasio cheese, and, when completely blended, add the chives, thyme leaves and sprinkle some black pepper.
  • Lay the cheese sauce in a pasta bowl and top it with the risotto with kale pesto.
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One Response to “Risotto with Kale Pesto”

  1. Sherma says:

    2 thumbs up for this recipe! It’s really superb!!!

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